winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, attempts to win thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown in the 1.5-mile Belmont Stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday, June 9, 2018 (6/9/18) at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
The race will mark the 150th running of the Belmont.
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Here’s what you need to know:
What: Belmont Stakes
Where: Belmont Park, Elmont, N.Y.
At stake: Triple Crown for Justify
When: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Distance: 1.5 miles
Record: 2:24, Secretariat (1973)
Purse: $1.5 million ($800,000 first)
Post time: 6:37 p.m. Eastern
Livestream: NBC Sports Live
Justify is seeking to become horse racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner and second in four years when he runs in the Belmont Stakes.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner is the early 4-5 favorite for Saturday’s 11/2-mile Belmont, the longest and most grueling of the three-race series.
If Justify beats nine rivals in the 150th Belmont, Bob Baffert would become the second trainer to win the Triple Crown twice. He did so in 2015 with American Pharoah, a colt that ended a 37-year drought.
Justify is 5-0 in a career that began with his first race in February. He didn’t compete as a 2-year-old.